Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 28
  2. Negative: 16 out of 28

Critic Reviews

  1. In a summer of cardboard figures in splashy spectacles, that makes for a refreshing change, an intriguing, entertaining and altogether sweetly mystifying misfire. In other words, another quintessentially Alan Rudolph picture.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    There are so many wonderful moments in Trixie and so few films like it that you wish Rudolph had given it a few more rewrites.
  3. A cranky failure with brilliant moments.
  4. Trixie has "cult favorite" written all over it. That is to say, the general public is likely to say ixnay.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    For me, Trixie finds its own peculiar groove, and-buoyed by a compulsively watchable actress-folds neatly into the off-center work of a distinctive American director.
  6. So much of the film is so funny, inspired and sophisticated, the performances so richly nuanced, that many viewers, Rudolph admirers in particular, will be inclined to forgive a little self-indulgence on the part of this authentic auteur.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Eventually evolves into a murder mystery that isn't very compelling.
  8. The movie does have a certain amount of star power and occasional bursts of inventive mise en scene, which do a good job of diverting us so we don't realize that not much else is going on.
  9. 50
    This is not the sort of movie you make it your business to see in a theater. But if you're ever surfing cable TV and come across it, you'll linger.
  10. This is one Rudolph opus that leaves no afterglow.
  11. 40
    In the long, hit-and-miss career of writer-director Alan Rudolph, this misbegotten comedy falls squarely into the miss bin.
  12. 40
    With his new film (which he also wrote), Rudolph seems content to slap a flimsy film-noir plot on an unending stream of malapropisms and word games and call it a "screwball noir."
  13. 33
    A movie built on one joke -- an old one -- and an incoherent, even idiotic plot.
  14. 30
    Director Alan Rudolph kills this promising film off with a combination of bad writing and wrong-headed direction.
  15. Torturously whimsical gumshoe caper.
  16. The acting is solid and the heroine's quirky dialogue is amusing for a while. But repetitious writing and a weakly constructed story turn the promising premise into a disappointing mishmash of crime, politics, and show business.
  17. Wastes an A-list cast in a sorry send-up of B-movie private-eye cliches.
  18. 25
    Every character is quirky, and each has a schtick.
  19. Despite its occasional flashes of brilliance (every Rudolph film has them), this unsavory stew never comes to a boil.
  20. Happily stuck between a rock and the deep blue sea.
  21. Although the hallmarks of Rudolph movies can be found everywhere -- they don't add up to the usual magic this time.
  22. It's so painful to sit through you eventually stop feeling sorry for the floundering cast.
  23. Highfalutin swill determined to pass itself off as a jazzy caper.
  24. 10
    Classic Rudolph: a tone of sweet-edged, slightly kooky melancholy, a terrific cast mostly left to its own devices and a few intriguing moments. Not, I'm sorry to say, a movie.
  25. 10
    As overlong and undermotivated as it is absentmindedly incoherent.
  26. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    If this retro crime comedy had been a Broadway play, it would have closed out of town.
  27. The whole movie is like that: cute, dead and endless.

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